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Ms. Dennis

Heidi Dennis

General Manager, Pelican Grand Beach Resort

As General Manager of Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Heidi Dennis is responsible for managing the resort's day-to-day success, overseeing all operational aspects for the boutique resort including everything from sales and marketing, to food and beverage, as well as budget while maximizing revenue and maintaining focus on strategic goals.

Ms. Dennis brings more than 34 years of experience as a client service professional having worked within the food & beverage, hospitality, broadcast and public service sectors spanning across the United States, the Pacific Islands and throughout Southeast Asia. Prior to Pelican Grand Beach Resort, she was the General Manager at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale and prior, held several different roles with Hyatt, Sheraton and Marriott franchises, as well as other independent properties, including assistant general manager, front office manager, rooms manager and F&B director.

In addition to her hospitality leadership within the United States, Ms. Dennis has held esteemed positions internationally. On the tropical Pacific Island of Saipan, she served as the Chairman of the American Red Cross for the Mariana Islands, General Manager of the largest radio station, as well as the on-air personality for her own morning radio show. She helped the development and operation of several golf resorts in Vietnam and has also served as Events Chair for the American Chamber of Commerce in Ho Chi Minh City. During her time with the American Chamber of Commerce she facilitated charitable efforts of American donors including Federal Express, PepsiCo, Heart to Heart Foundation, Eli Lilly and Bank of America.

Please visit http://pelicanbeach.com for more information.

Ms. Dennis can be contacted at +1 954-568-9431 or hdennis@pelicanbeach.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.